Please note that this is a Communion Service, so do prepare some bread and wine/juice beforehand.
For Reflection and Discussion
- Have you ever suffered heartbreak? What caused it and how did you manage to pick up the pieces?
- Read Psalm 34:18, Psalm 109:6, Psalm 147:3, Isaiah 61:1 Describe God’s attitude to the broken-hearted.
- As Mark said in the service, there are many other ways and metaphors for describing the loss and weakness of brokenheartedness. Read some of them here: Psalm 34:17-20, Psalm 73:26, Psalm 51:17, Isaiah 57:15, Jeremiah 29:11, John 14:27, 2 Cor 12:7b-10, 2 Cor 1:3-4, Romans 8:31-39. What do these verses tell us about how we may escape from being low in spirit. How may we help those who are broken? How do you think the Anointed One (Jesus) comes into this?
- Take time to pray for those who you know are brokenhearted and low in spirit.
Please note that some translations of the New Testament have “heals the brokenhearted” in Luke 4:18 which is where Jesus visits the synagogue at Nazareth. Those words are not present in the most reliable Greek manuscripts of Luke’s Gospel and for a very good reason, which Mark will deal with in next week’s service.